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Where It’s OK to Wear Fashions with Bling

At Mamastyles, we cannot help but notice the abundance of shiny, studded sportswear drama taking place in our favorite boutiques.  In the past, we’ve covered a couple of ways to put on metallic and sequined apparel for day.  However, contemporary apparel’s newest studded denims and tops delves even further into the idea of Hollywood-style casuals — no matter where the Summer may lead!

These “blingy” styles are designed to wear..

..To the Carnival

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“Bling, bling” Let comfort ring!

Quick and basic, these single-button denim shorts give you reason to stand out.  Put it on with your favorite graphic tee and look instantly glam.  Bling Denim Shorts by Joe’s Jeans, available at Shopbop.

.. Out to Dinner

parker sequin racerback dress

A racerback dress only looks high maintenance; great for Maternity wear!

Add a little fragrance, neutral platforms or heels and you’re dressed for a fantastic night ahead.  Sequin Racerback Dress by Parker can be altered after maternity.   Available at Piperlime

.. Wherever the Day Will Lead!

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Best-selling studded shoulder bag by Rebecca Minkoff works for toting lip gloss AND toddler toys.

Cross-body or clutch, this studded handbag is a fabulous addition to your everyday things.  Use it for easy access during adventurous trips or boat rides.  Rebecca Minkoff Studded Rocker bag in 3 colors, available now at Singer22.

Kids’ Designer Collaborations – The Simpsons, DVF for Gap Kids & More!

Collaborative Kids and Tween lines are all the range at chain retailers and department stores.  and it’s only getting better!  Lots of malltime excitement is in well, store Womens Wear Daily reported today that singer, actress and designer Jessica Simpson and sister Ashlee (mom to 2-year old son Bronx) will help design a major collection of tween sportswear, shoes and sweats manufactured by Jones Group.

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Jessica & Ashlee's tween clothing line is expected in over 400 stores.

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The newest addition to Jessica Simpson’s empire of mass-market fashion — which grosses nearly $1 billion in sales per year — is expected to be available for sale in over 400 stores across the United States and in Canada.

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Diane von Furstenberg for GapKids: Teeny wrap dresses? We hope so!

Photo by Joella Marano

Also, seasoned dress queen Diane von Furstenberg is said to be debuting a GapKids line for Spring 2012, a collaboration previously completed by style mavens Stella McCartney and Carla Bruni. Prices for the kids’ sportswear and denim items is likely to be a little bit higher than typical Gap garb, but less than the retail price tags of designer kids’ collections like Armani Junior and Burberry, to name a few.

Gleam On! Metallic & Sequin Looks By Day

Spring fashion is not just about letting prints and colors burst — funky metallics are taking over!  Get ready to spend your days wearing stellar sequin tanks, skirts of lame with mirrorlike pleats and essential accessories that will brighten up matte fabrics like cotton or linen.

Dressing in gleam should enhance your outfit, not intimidate:  Pair these amazingly shiny looks with basic wardrobe staples such as blazers and jeans.

Elie tahari francesca skirt

Contrast glimmering fashions with everyday basics, like khaki. Elie Tahari S/S 2011 (above).


Basics Get Glam This loose-fitting tank top works great at a picnic, or a fantastic roller coaster ride.   Vintage Cotton Sequin Tank in 3 colors ($78), available at J. Crew.


A super sequined tank is great with capris.


The Skirt Every Woman Should Have Relive golden ages with a classic high waist and lame pleats that move as you walk.. sashay or dance!  Metallic Francesca Skirt by Elie Tahari ($398, shown above on the runway) at Shopbop.


Eli Tahari Francesca gold lame skirt

Workwear gets a lift!


It’s All in the Bag Tote this gorgeous patent bag to the beach or museum day playdates.   It holds a nice amount of toddler (and mom) essentials!  See by Chloe Sequined Patent Leather Tote ($225), available at Net-a-Porter.

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Just throw it in the bag.

Image Conscious – The Most Body-Forgiving Spring Fashions

In a  population where  size 6 bloggers are labeled as curvy and “plus” size models wear an 8, even the healthiest Women may begin to feel as if the fashion industry just doesn’t fit their frame.  An emphasis on teensy waists, longer limbs and underweight bodily mass has motivated fashion media  to take a stand against glorifying a stick-thin appearance on the runway and advertising campaigns.

For Work

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Power to the Shell.

As females and moms, the changes we experience in body weight and shape often move faster than a speeding carousel.  Building a wardrobe based on fluctuating body types may seem hard, but these take-anywhere essentials promise to flatter at any size.

Above: The Shell It flows, is not too short and unlike many Spring fashions, loves to be worn with a bra.  Zip Back Shell is the ultimate warm weather layer, available in a rainbow of shades at Topshop.

Spring's Best Staple.

Gaucho Pants Fashionistas everywhere were wowed by the runways of you’d-swear-they-were-skirts who popped up during Fashion Week.  In a dark  or light shade, this  silken version by Alice + Olivia is a surefire hit.  Available at Shopbop.

Playtime Greats


The Team Captain.

Ultimate T-Shirt Dress Ever wish you could wear your best-loved lounging clothes outdoors and still look tres chicMaddy Baseball Dress by Lauren Moshi combines all the goodness of loungewear and a swing skirt that looks fab with bare legs and flip flops.  Get it at Black Label Boutique.

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Cropped, But Not.

Linen Layers Welcome to your closet:  The best new throw-on jacket gets a funky layered look and lighter fabric.  Linen Jacket by Monrow, available at Piperlime.

Great Fashion + Tokyo Relief Fund – GAP Brands Care

It was Tuesday in the Far East when Tokyo retail boutiques began to reopen their doors and get on with what is now a life less ordinary.  Fashion pavilions including H&M, Louis Vuitton and Chanel decided to brave sporadic power outages in an attempt to compensate for last week’s disaster.

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Help Rebuild Japan With Banana Republic

In the wake of this terrible time, Gap, Inc. is giving customers the opportunity to help out by purchasing affordable donations at online stores via Global Giving.   Head over to Gap, Piperlime and Banana Republic for disaster relief, breathtaking looks and hot Spring savings!  Merchandise purchase is not mandatory for donation. 

Shown above: Leather Flowers are a stylish way of reminding us there is life after natural disasters.  Edition Collection Flora Tote available in 2 colors at Banana Republic.

Wedges and Prints @ Piperlime As if the mid-to-sky high sandals aren’t exciting enough, the contemporary brand has a multitude of fresh-picked designer dresses and tops in artsy shapes with potential for maternity wear.


The Blouse Tucker Piperlime

A Blouse For Everything + Shoes At Piperlime

The Blouse by Tucker comes in silk splashed with 3 very different prints, from sponge-painted bliss to black and white butterflies.  Available at Piperlime.

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Visit Gap To Donate For Japan's Emergency Relief

Maternity In Full Bloom @ Gap Luxe pima cotton tees are just the right effect for warm weather.   Maternity Floral Graphic T in Purple Steel, available at Gap.

Tie Dye Dos: Kickin’ Spring Casuals

Lots of 70’s-inspired clothing looks graced the runways of Fashion Week, including bright color combos that will certainly turn heads!  The new look of tie-dye is a superb form of hippie-chic fit for all pre- and post-baby bodies.  Soft new designs steer away from a rainbow of Grateful Dead bears (save that for the next Woodstock).   Get into the newest versions of contemporary ombre dresses, swim and tie-dye tees you’re sure to love.

Tip: To make casuals elegant (not Woodstock), stick to a single piece of tie dyewear, keeping the rest of your outfit “calm” with a solid shade of flare leg pants or a straight maxi skirt!

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Soft Color Dye is a sexy whisper, not a scream.  Layer the Blue Life Phoenix Cape Tee over support camisoles and long tanks; it’s a feminine touch to crisp capris or ratty jeans.  Available at Singer22.

You’re Hired This silken dress has the potential to become your favorite office – birthday party – pretty french restaurant garb.  It’s a perfect canvas to accessorize (included is a beige rope belt to get you started).  Hire Me Dress in mosaic ombre print, available at Nanette Lepore.

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The Ultimate Tunic formulated for use with swimwear, shorts and slacks.   Its oversize fit and open back makes it an ultra cool option for maternity. Parker Beach V-Neck Tunic in Tye Dye, available at Singer22.

Parker beach tunic cover up

Performers Get Together To Help Haiti

January 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating destruction caused by that massive earthquake.  The disaster lead to the loss of over 200,000 lives in and around the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

In reverence of this tragedy, celebrities  like Garcelle Beauvais, Joaquin Phoenix,  wrestler The Edge and Sean Paul are keeping awareness of this enduring nation alive by endorsing a new limited edition tee.

Mother and actress Garcelle Beauvais, above, is part of the star-studded movement towards rebuilding education for the children of  Haiti.

Sales of the Help Haiti Heal t-shits by American Eagle Outfitters ($15.50) will benefit the 85% of schools that were destroyed as a result of the earthquake’s wrath.  Clean water, sanitation, textbooks as well as providing jobs for teachers are just a few of the resources these ultra-cool shirts will provide for the student of Haiti.

This low-cost effort is a fun and groundbreaking way to give kids a priceless opportujity of a good education.  Style yourself and your family with the paitned-look tees   Head over to one of 900 American Eagle stores or get it right now at

Hippy Haute With Your Little Ones

Coordinating the latest trends with your child’s wardrobe is a far cry from mother-child outfits of decades past.   Our favorite shopping boutiques make it easy todress your best bohemian chic with the kids — after all, fashion is even more fun when it’s shared!

Give It A Chance – Peace, That Is

For You

Wildfox ponchos and tees have become a cult fave among starlets of all ages, including actress mom Halle Berry and Katy Perry (Alessandra Ambrosio has been seen wearing the Peace Poncho around NYC).   This creamy sleeved poncho is comfy enough to become a grab-and-go favorite with denim or footless tights — layer a slinky sweater underneath to chase the chill.  Peace Poncho by Wildfox Couture White Label $168 at Boutique to You.

For Her

The ultimate in hippie-glam; a trendy dolman-sleeve look with softness of a t-shirt.  Flowers by Zoe Sequin Peace Top, $42.95 at

For Him

Inspirational embroidery and the goodness of pure cotton — all the best for little guys.   The supecute Peace Sign Beanie that won’t itch or squeeze; $9.99 at

Perfect Sweaters

It’s a dress!  It’s a tunic..  it’s your favorite wear-anywhere staple for Winter.   Empire-waist Iceland Air Sweater Dress, $148 at Free People.

Bohemian  Dressing  for Her

A perfectly  colorful knit dress that’s appropriate for dinner.. or that fast-paced birthday party.  College Girl Dress by Deux par Deux, $66 at

Ugg Knits For All

Uggs are long-wearing, cozy..  and  back with funky texture.

For You

The  Cresthaven Boot by Ugg features a small platform for traction; wear it scrunched or tall.   $200 at Ugg Australia.

Slouchy Style for Them Both

She (or he) will revel  in 4 color  combinations of the  toddler’s  sweater-style Tall Striped Knit Cable Boot, $120.  Let your future stylists practice their buttons while they cuff/uncuff the popular Cardy Boot in 3 colors, $120.  Both available at Ugg Australia.

Collaborative Designer Lines We Love

A-list fashion is no longer snobbish; in fact, it’s downright affordable.

In the past few seasons of fashion, we have witnessed some wildly popular young designers, once-untouchable fashion houses and our favorite celebrities make a platform-heeled stop down to earth. Designer collaborations is a niche that continues to grow, as companies take to heart consumers’ demand for luxury labels offered at recession-effective prices

Keep in mind, not all collaborative lines come cheap.  Parisian shoe designer Trend-heavy lines created for boutique Opening Ceremony are distinctly unique– and highly priced.  However, many collaborative collections of apparel, shoes and even accessories have flourished this year.. at price points usually well below $200.. giving you style options you want without breaking the piggy bank.

At the Top — Rob Pruitt x Opening Ceremony

Multimedia pop artist/designer Rob Pruitt’s playful entities are the perfect compliment to the offbeat, boheme-chic image of Opening Ceremony.  Here, a fashionable work the kids will love to see you wearing You Are Mickey Tee by Rob Pruitt x Opening Ceremony ($100) at

Alexa Chung For Madewell

Vintage-loving Chung (of MTV fame) is known for her soft-looking ensembles that scream of trends.  Her much talked-about collection for Madewell (the contemporary-styled cousin of J. Crew) features some beautiful staple pieces you’ll want.. really.  Silky crepe Iris Blouse in Carmine ($110) at

Footwear Spectacles —  Aldo For Christian Cota

New York Fashion week brought the glowing softness of newcomer Christian Cota Spring/Summer 2011 Collection to the catwalk, along with wearable-looking (yet ultra sexy!) bandage-strap wedges and stiletto looks that are guaranteed to be the next big thing at the mall.  The shoe collection (above) is being released to Aldo stores – date TBA.

Above: Christian Cota is the newest high-fashion face for ALDO shoes

Lela Rose for Payless

The showstopping work of this famed princes of ready-to-wear and bridal comes through in her collection of basics that offer Payless consumers necessary basic looks that are not short on pretty detail.  Must-haves in the Lela Rose for Payless Collection include the pointy-toe Isala Jewel Flat ($34.99).  Handbags?  The taupe-toned Selby Shopper Satchel ($44.99) is a slouchy microsuede satchel no mom-diva should be without.  Find all the goods at